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Women in Leadership – Athena International

Athena Lecture


“Throw Like a Girl,” Topic for this Year’s Athena Lecture

      Three of the Inland Empire’s top female leaders will present the 2015 Athena Lecture at Riverside City College on Thursday, March 5, at 2 pm in the Digital Library Auditorium. The community is welcome. 

      The lecture is free and a limited number of parking spots for the community will be reserved on the top level of the parking structure off Terracina Drive. A reception will follow the lecture. Following the lecture there will be a reception.
      Community members attending the lecture are asked to RSVP to Terry Welker at or by calling (951) 222-8654.

      The ATHENA lecture series is designed to introduce notable women leaders to the community and the College. The ATHENA Lecture began in 2011 as part of the installation and unveiling of an ATHENA of Riverside Wall of Honor in the Salvatore G. Rotella Digital Library and Learning Resource Center. ATHENA International and ATHENA of Riverside are nonprofit organizations that seek to support, develop, and honor women leaders, inspire women to reach their full potential, and create balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA of Riverside recognizes outstanding local women leaders in such fields as science, business, education and public service, and awards several scholarships each year to college students.

      Virginia Blumenthal, JD, was elected to the RCCD board of trustees in 2006 and is currently serving as president. Blumenthal is an alumna of RCC and is president of Blumenthal Law Offices. She holds a juris doctorate from California Southern Law School. She has distinguished herself as an attorney, having been named one of the “77 Best Female Litigators in California” and one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in the State of California.” She is also a noted community supporter and philanthropist. Blumenthal is the 2004 recipient of the Athena Award of the Inland Valleys.

      Debbi Huffman-Guthrie is a life-long Riverside resident and long-time professional and civic leader. As the senior vice president for Raincross Hospitality Corp., Guthrie oversees the operations of the Riverside Convention Center, Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Riverside Sports Commission. Throughout her career, Guthrie has been committed to promoting Riverside as a place of unparalleled hospitality. In 2014, she was presented with the City Spirit Award for her extraordinary deeds and community spirit, good citizenship and dedication to enhancing the quality of life in the City of Riverside. She was also the 1993 recipient of the Athena Award of the Inland Valleys.

      Cindy Roth is president and CEO of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, which represents 1,300 member companies and business leaders. She has been serving the interests of businesses in the Riverside region since 1999 when she became CEO of the chamber. Prior to taking the reins of the chamber, she served on the City of Riverside Seizing Our Destiny Champions Council, Riverside Transportation Committee, Smart Riverside Board and Riverside Higher Education Roundtable. She also served on the California Chamber board of directors focusing on issues impacting business in the State of California. She is the proud recipient of the 2010 City of Riverside Spirit Award and the 2007 University of California, Riverside, Chancellor's Medallion. Roth was also the 2000 recipient of the Athena Award of the Inland Valleys.